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My husband is a constant reader. You’ll rarely find him without his Kindle, Kobu or a physical book. Me? Not so much. I had my old Kindle paper white first generation I bought in 2012. When I was younger I was reading a LOT and I wanted to go back to those days! But with a young kid, a demanding job and a house to manage I simply don’t have the time (or energy). So I thought that buying the shiniest, prettiest and most sophisticated e reader out there will change it. So, I waited for it to be on sale and got it on Prime Day last year. Did it make me read more? Nope! But I decided that I want to sew a nice little case for it!

I’ve started researching that mission. I started with a Pinterest board to collect ideas. I looked at e reader sleeves, obviously, but also at laptop sleeves tutorials, books (like, real books) sleeves and embroidery ideas (you’ll soon see why!).
my biggest concern was how to determine the size. I wanted it to be snug, I wanted to add some padding or structure to keep it protected, but also not too snug to make it fall out.
I’ve finally started working.

First try – too small

I used the dimensions mentioned on that blog post. I also used her tutorial and snaps directions. She used those dimensions for her sleeve:

(L + H + 1) X (W + H + 1)

So I used them as well! But the problem is.. I also added bulky interfacing that I didn’t take into account in the hight. To make it worse, I’ve let my interfacing into the seams which made the case even smaller. So – the kindle didn’t fit. Not even close.

SECOND TRY – TOO BIG (and an unfortunate buttonhole accident)

On the second try I’ve cut a smaller piece of the thick interfacing so it will not get to the seams. But I also added more in the overall dimensions (wrong!). The result turned out to be pretty, and way flatter than the first try, but BIG.

Supplies supplies 😀
That sleeve was definitely not snug

I embroidered the cream canvas prior to cutting, so it will not fray too much. On top of the embroidery I ironed pre cut woven interfacing and then cut it out of the fabric.

I used a frixion pen mark where’s the embroidery area – so it will not get into the seam allowance and also leave some gap inside
I used that pretty steampunk orange lining because it was Halloween.
I kept the bulky interfacing out of my seams, and sew it in with a matching thread with a basting stitch (4mm, the maximum my machine can do)

I also messed up the buttonhole and with an unfortunate tick of my hand cut a huge hole in there where it wasn’t supposed to be.

I’ve added a leaf where the hole was. So it looked almost planned.

Left – second try. Right – first try. You can see how the first one is not as flat and the huge difference in size

Third try – just right

On the third try I’ve tweaked my pattern a little. I kept the thicker interfacing piece out of my seams (so I’ve cut it smaller), and I also used sturdier iron on stabilizer (that I bought on AliExpress, it was prickly and smelled like death – so I’m not going to add a link to that).

The planning and formulas I was using
The cut pieces: 2 lining, 2 lightweight woven interfacing, 3 canvas, 2 bulky interfacing, 2 pieces of stinky stabilizer. And pinking sheers this time

I did mess up the diagonal line a little and had to throw out a whole embroidered piece, but I replaced it with some real pretty cork.

The messed up diagonal lines
I “encapsulated” the bulky interfacing under the stabilizer
Front and back are ready to be attached! The lining is very festive as it was Christmas time when I sew that on the third try
My least favorite part yuck
A little bit of top stitching for that fancy look

Also bought those cute leather snaps so I wouldn’t have any more buttonhole accidents. I made sure they are not magnetic because I’m concerned it can mess up with the magnetic ink of the e reader.

I really like the final result and I use it daily! A couple of changes I will make in that pattern will be to use a regular interfacing first, keep the rough stabilizer out of the seams and spray glue the thick piece inside. Lucky that my entire family is using e-readers so I can try my formula on a large variety of e-readers!

Let me know what you think! I am planning to reuse that formula with some other kindles – my mom asked for a case and she has a different device, so I am curious to see how it will fit. With some of the faux leather I have in my stash I am sure it will at least look good 🙂

Posted by:soficreates

Hi! I am Sofia (as in Sofi Creates), and I was always super crafty. But life took me to a different direction and I am now a full time Software Engineer (and a mom...). I still try to DIY as much as possible - I like to learn new things to make, and I thought why not share the knowledge I am accumulating, right? So I will use this blog to upload some of my creations, new things I have discovered, patterns I tried etc. Hope you'd like it!

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